How We've Changed!

Nor' east Thinkin'

Turn out the lights and look outdoors. You'll see!

Published on: May 12, 2009

Last week, while driving before sun-up, I looked across country – if it can still be called “country” today – at all the lights: House lights, yard lights, street lights, ball field lights, parking lot lights, sign lights, you-name-it lights.

 

If you listen closely, you can almost hear billions of electric motors and power generators humming as they pump out gazillions of mega-watts to light our world. And if you could take a spin around Mother Earth, you’d be awestruck by the light being emitted on her backside (away from the sun). This is light created by burning energy, not mental resources.

 

If you could flip the celestial clock back even 100 years for a night-time peek, you’d be shocked to see global difference – how much light has polluted our earthly forms and reduced our abilities to see into the great beyond.

 

Turn it back 200 years, and guess what you’d see? Nothing. Except for a few dim lamps, the area where you live now would be pitch dark. Back then, it would have been much easier to contemplate the stars and sense the immenseness of the heavens.

 

Maybe all that refracted light diminishes our perceptual acuity of our place in the greater cosmos, as well. That would explain much of planet Earth’s goings on.    

 

I, for one, like being in the dark. My boss says I’m there a lot.

 

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